What did Rick Ocasek use in the Cars?

grantford

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Thinking about "Just what I needed", the twangier overdriven guitar on the right. I think that is rick with a telecaster. The solo, too! What amp? I'm diggin' it!

THanks,
 

grantford

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Interesting. Thanks for posting that. I guess if I knew who played which parts I could have asked the question better. Anybody else have any info about the studio recording?
 

johnzias

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Eliot is a great player. A lot of folks aren't aware of how versatile a player he is. He kills playing Blues and Country. I had many fun jams and a did few gigs with him during the years just before The Cars.
 

studiodunn

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I love his picken style in non picken style songs. Just great lead and fill work.
Eliot is a great player. A lot of folks aren't aware of how versatile a player he is. He kills playing Blues and Country. I had many fun jams and a few gigs with him during the years just before The Cars.
 

bosstone

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I read somewhere that the first Cars album was done with Ampegs.
I wonder which Ampegs. I'd be very curious. I never thought much about Ampegs until about three years ago. Since then I bought a Gemini I (wow what a great 22 watt combo and easily on par with the 64 Deluxe Reverb I owned). Now I have a VL-502 and VL 503. The VL's are fantastic amps that never caught on, I think mostly because of the dominance of Marshall at the time and that they had more of a stodgy image or thought of mostly as a bass amp company.
 

macmax77

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had to be something simple, i can recall he saying something like
"touch and go"
 

IPlayHamers

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I wonder which Ampegs. I'd be very curious. I never thought much about Ampegs until about three years ago. Since then I bought a Gemini I (wow what a great 22 watt combo and easily on par with the 64 Deluxe Reverb I owned). Now I have a VL-502 and VL 503. The VL's are fantastic amps that never caught on, I think mostly because of the dominance of Marshall at the time and that they had more of a stodgy image or thought of mostly as a bass amp company.
One of the best sounding 4x12 cabs I ever heard was an old Ampeg. As far as the VL series amps, they are killer. Very underated. Dammit, another amp I need to get. You guys are killing me:FM
 

Marshall Man

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As someone mentioned, check the LP Forum as he posts there and has answered the question of what guitars/amps he has used on recordings.
 

scottlr

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Ask Elliot over at the Les Paul Forum. He'll probably tell you.:dude
Agreed. He's a regular there, and as nice a guy as you could wish for. Quite open. He was even chiming in while out on the New Cars tour last year with show reports. How cool is that?
 

dougb415

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There was a recent thread on the LPF asking Elliot about equipment used on certain recordings. His answers go along the lines of "No mystery guys - I was using a Tele and an Ampeg model xxxxx. I couldn't afford anything better."
 

dougb415

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Here's the actual quote from Elliot:

"The gear is really no big deal. It's a '77 Telecaster with a Hi-A Bartolini mini-humbucker Firebird pickup in the neck postion. It's plugged into a small combo, either an Ampeg VT-22, VT-44 or a twin, and the slapback is a Morley Echo-Volume pedal with a rotating magnetic disc instead of tape. (digital delays didn't exist yet, I don't think and certainly not in pedal form in 1977). It's just what I owned at that point, there was no big intent behind it. All I had was the Tele, a Les Paul Standard and a Martin D-35 for that first record."
 




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